Keith Urban To Host 2020 ACM Awards

Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban has been tapped to host the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 27, 2020


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Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban has been tapped to host the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, the ACM and Urban announced Thursday (Feb. 27).

Urban took home the coveted ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy for the first time ever in 2019. He is currently a 15-time ACM Award winner.

Prior to Thursday’s announcement, Urban dropped a brand new single, “God Whispered Your Name” .” The superstar previewed the track for members of the country music industry during last week’s Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.

“As if having a new song out today wasn’t enough, I also get to host the ACMs in April,” Urban shared in a press release. “I’ll tell you – this year already feels like the most creative and energized year of my life… and there’s so much more to come. Incredibly grateful – and ready to roll!”

The nominees for the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be revealed Thursday morning beginning at 8:30 am ET.

The ACM Awards telecast will air LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on-demand across digital platforms on the CBS All Access subscription service.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.